While Brooklyn Park is actively looking for ways to bring more jobs and more tax revenue to the city, the city council turned down a proposal from FedEx to build a new distribution facility just north of Highway 610 this week.
The new facility would have added 64 full-time jobs to the area and about 200 part-time positions. City officials says it also would have added a considerable amount more of traffic to the area. They says 467 semis would have been going through the facility every day.
"I can't imagine having semis lined up there all day long and all night long, it doesn't make sense to me," said Brooklyn Park City Council member John Jordan at the Aug. 5 council meeting. "If this were in a different spot, I'd be all for it."
FedEx has other distribution centers in St. Paul, Shakopee and Mahtomedi. Company officials say they are eyeing the northwest metro as a potential site for future developments because of its strategic geographic location.
Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde, however, did not feel that 64 full-time jobs were enough to warrant the building of the new facility.
"One of the things we've been trying to do is increase the number of jobs -- daytime jobs-- and this does not meet that mark," Lunde said.
The city has a different vision for the area.
"The city has goals of generating more jobs, higher tax base, improvements that will enhance other opportunities like restaurants and that kind of thing," said Cindy Sherman, Brooklyn Park planning and development director.
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